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>> i work with the department of environment and we are recycling oil. thank you. we can go into a refinery and we can use it again.
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they do oil changes and sell it anyway, so now they know when a ticket to a. hal>> to you have something you want to get rid of? >> why throw it away when you can reuse it? >> it can be filtered out and used for other products. >> [speaking spanish] >> it is going to be a good thing for us to take used motor oil from customers. we have a 75-gallon tank that we
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used and we have someone take it from here to recycle. >> so far, we have 35 people. we have collected 78 gallons, if not more. these are other locations that you can go. it is absolutely free. you just need to have the location open. you are set to go.
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>> we thought we wouldd< take ts weekly video out on the road. we are here at recology at the recycling center. if you ever wondered where your recyclables go, and this new
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mandate for composting, the new challenges and mandates around recycling, what we are trying to achieve -- it all starts right here. we just marked an important milestone in our city. i would argue important this nationn francisco has now achieved a 77% diversion rate, the highest in america. no big city can lay claim to diverting that much of their waste, and that is why that composting requirement was so important. this is why our efforts to consumption and distribution and the like of plastic water bottles is so important. it is because we want to reduce that waste going into the landfill. we want to reduce the burden on our environment. we want to create jobs. the folks on the line behind me and above me, those are folks that have employment because of
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these programs. we have added over 118 people in the last couple of years to the roles of the employed in these green collar jobs because of the recycling and composting programs. we actually created economic stimulus by building facilities like this and putting people to work to do that job. ball the folks out here in the hard hats are also supported by people in the office is doing the processing, doing accounting, doing the bookkeeping, so there is a multiple in terms of jobs that are created because of programs like we have established. it was error, we were less than 50%. when i first w6urw@8yyixorwakñwe were roughly 35% effective, which was pretty impressive. it was higher than almost any other big city in this country, but we had an= reaching 50%, and they said it could not be done. we said we would reach 70%, and
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i was so proud when we broke 72%, and here we are with a goal of 75% by 2010, and not only did we achieve that. as i just region, we are at 77%. on our way -- ahead of schedule in fact, to be at 0 waste by 2020. there is no city that i know of anywhere in the world that could ever even imagine within the next number of years to be at zero ways. this is achievable because think about this -- even though we are at 77%, the remaining trash that comes here that ends up in a landfill -- already, we have identified 2/3 of it that could easily be diverted if folks would do more composting at home and do more recycling at home and use these bins you see behind me. i do not want this to become a psa for our recycling efforts, although that is always good,
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and remember, it is the kids teaching the adults, which is always good. but this is good for the environment, good for the economy, and a san francisco can do this, cities across california and cities across america can do this. i will remind you of the great line by michelangelo, who said that the biggest risk is not that we aim to hawaii and miss but that we aim to low and --. it would have been easy for us to have a goal of 50% recycling rate by 2020. a lot of states, a lot of cities across the state, that will be tow%8x4ç:vw1qs8mna ++%uq
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when you do that, you get people to organize that quality of imagination, where people in the private sector and public sector, using the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit coming up with new ideas and attitudes that may seem untoward or a little controversial or extreme at first, but suddenly, when you peel it back and look back two or three years, you go, "my gosh, that makes so much since." if you make a few mistakes in the process, but ultimately, you create a goal that is accomplished that becomes an example for other people and other cities to achieve with similar goals and accomplish similar efforts. we are really proud of our collective effort in san francisco and the people in a city that have stepped up. they mocked us a bit. i even was a little concerned about the composting requirement at first, but now i'm doing it. other folks are doing it, and it is really exciting to achieve these extraordinary goals. green collar jobs. the new economy. this is our future. this is real. it is happening now, and it could be happening everywhere else, not just in the great city and county of san francisco.
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>> the public wants to access particular information about your house or neighborhood we
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point them to gis. gis is a combination of maps and data. not a graphic you see on a screen. you get the traffic for the streets the number of crimes for a police district in a period of time. if the idea of combining the different layerce of information and stacking them on top of each other to present to the public. >> other types of gis are web based mapping systems. like google earth, yahoo maps. microsoft. those are examples of on line mapping systems that can be used to find businesses or get driving directions or check on traffic conditions. all digital maps. >> gis is used in the city of san francisco to better support what departments do. >> you imagine all the various
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elements of a city including parcels and the critical infrastructure where the storm drains are. the city access like the traffic lights and fire hydrants. anything you is represent in a geo graphic space with be stored for retrieval and analysis. >> the department of public works they maintain what goes on in the right-of-way, looking to dig up the streets to put in a pipe. with the permit. with mapping you click on the map, click on the street and up will come up the nchgz that will help them make a decision. currently available is sf parcel the assessor's application.
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you can go to the assessor's website and bring up a map of san francisco you can search by address and get information about any place in san francisco. you can search by address and find incidents of crime in san francisco in the last 90 days. we have [inaudible] which allows you to click on a map and get nchldz like your supervisor or who your supervisor is. the nearest public facility. and through the sf applications we support from the mayor's office of neighborhood services. you can drill down in the neighborhood and get where the newest hospital or police or fire station. >> we are positive about gis not only people access it in the
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office but from home because we use the internet. what we used to do was carry the large maps and it took a long time to find the information. >> it saves the city time and money. you are not taking up the time of a particular employee at the assessor's office. you might be doing things more efficient. >> they have it ready to go and say, this is what i want. >> they are finding the same things happening on the phone where people call in and ask, how do i find this information? we say, go to this website and they go and get the information easily. >> a picture tells a thousand stories. some say a map[applause]
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[applause] >> in "the new york times," it said a couple of weeks ago that this program is the best kept secret of the federal stimulus act. [applause] it is not just for san francisco. in the back, small conversations are allowed up here. across the country, over to under 25,000 people will have been hired with this federal stimulus money. over 3600 are here in san
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francisco. it is unbelievable. [applause] we started in san francisco early. we started in may. we built up really quickly. i was on a lot of conference calls with other states and other cities. i presented our program across the country. i advised folks how to get these types of programs going. invariably, the question i would get -- >> be quiet. thank you. >> thank you. the question i would get is one of the factors -- is what are the factors that contributed to this. there were a number of them. the staff literally switched jobs midcourse and retained quickly in a project that was brand-new and delivered services. can we give them a hand, please?
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[applause] it could not have been done without a fantastic management team at the human services agency. it is going to make a big impact on people in san francisco. they are going to be carrying around cash. this program has put over 3600 people to work. [applause] of course, the partnership of the chamber of commerce -- my first meeting was with the chamber. there is the board. their help at the table was invaluable. the number-one reason, the number one factor, was the leadership of mayor newsom. [applause]
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where other cities and counties and states had no guidance from the federal government or no relationship, and stayed barely aware of the program, i presented it to the mayor and told him of the risk. he said, "take the risk. let us go for it and do it." he had our back. [applause] he met with the chamber, small- business groups, industry groups, and encouraged them to hire people, saying this was 100% paid. coming from a year -- coming from the mayor newsom, that goes a long way. he met with the governor to talk about our program, saying "why aren't more guys in california doing this?" having his leadership at city hall is invaluable in moving an initiative like this forward so
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quickly without any guidance. there is one downside. when the mayor is interested in a project, he wants data almost daily. i gave it to him weekly. what are the numbers? our initial goal inmate is 1000 placements. -- in may is 1000 placements. we kick that in november. after i tested mayor newsom, i said, "we hit 1000." he did not say congratulations. he said our goal was not 2000. we kick that months later. next, our goal was 3000. we hit three and i interrupted him and said, "our goal is now 3500." we reached it largely because of his leadership. i am very happy to introduce him. everyone give it up for mayor newsom.
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>> thank you all. this is a pretty extraordinary sight. we had a department head meeting about 10 days ago and i brought up the idea that it is time for us to put a human face on this program, jobs now. i asked my staff and members of my economic development team to see if we could call if you businesses and a few nonprofits and see if we could get together about 100 people into a room to tell their story. little did i know 10 days later we would not just have 100 people, but over 1000 people down here at city hall. a big round of applause to all of you for taking the time. i think this goes to the reason
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we wanted to bring them here. it was not just to introduce you to one another, as wonderful as that is. it was not to introduce you to this program. you already know everything you need to know about it because you are participating in it. it was to make this point. this program is funded only through september 30 of this year. this is an incredibly important point. we said this when we launched this program, that there was a time limit on this program, that we cannot promise you that we can keep you in that these jobs and these positions past october warn of this year. we also made the case that we are going to do everything in our power to lobby our federal government to extend this program.
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here is what we did. we went to our friend, our local representative, who just happens to be the speaker of the house, the most powerful woman in the world. nancy pelosi. she jumped at this. she actually, i will be honest with you -- i know her friends are here and i do not want to lay out the speaker of the house. but she was stunned at how successful this program had become. and she was more stunned that other cities, not just in the state of california at but across the country, had never even heard of it. millions and millions of dollars were sitting there in the stimulus program and over half the states had not even implemented a project in order to draw down those federal
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moneys. she immediately went out to her colleagues and she made a case for this. she sat me down with the secretary of labor to talk about this. she is from california. she said, "i cannot believe i did not know about this program. this is a great program. i am going to go out and promote its." that is what she did. here is what nancy pelosi did subsequent to our meeting. she went and fast-track legislation and got the house to pass overwhelmingly an extension of this program for one year. [applause] that was great news. that was great news. but as all of you know from civics class -- you know that
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bill that washed -- that walked up to capitol hill? remember that cartoon? there are two houses in congress. you have the house of representatives and speaker policy, and then you have something called the senate. here was the good news. we have a friend in the senate. you may know her. she is the former mayor of san francisco, one of the senior senators in this country, and dianne feinstein. she said, "i love this program. i did not know much about this program. i cannot believe other states are not taking advantage of this program. you should meet with some of my colleagues. " we went out and did that. she got her other colleagues,
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barbara boxer, to sign up and say we need to promote this. and we got a few dozen other senators to sign to commit to this bill. here is what happened. a few weeks back -- this is stuff you have been reading about our hearing about. there is a lot of debate in congress now about spending money and concerns about deficits. they had a jobs bill in the senate that included an extension of $2.50 million for this program. it would have allowed us to hire thousands of additional people and support every single one of you for at least the next year. and it got stripped. it got drawn back. i do not want to be partisan here, but let's call balls and strikes. the republicans pulled it out.
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that is just a fact. and now we have to step up and step in. that is the long winded reason 10 days ago i invited you down here. we need to come together. we need to come together and remind them what is at stake. this is the most successful stimulus program in this country. it is as simple as that. this is working. you are working. you have come back to work. people are bringing food back to the table. you are supporting your children. you are supporting your children. you are supporting your parents. you are supporting your family. you are supporting this economy. you are supporting the city, the state, and the nation. now we need our representatives to


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